Construction of a new Millennium Middle School will begin in earnest in the coming months.

The Seminole County School Board has selected Sanford-based Wharton-Smith Inc. as the construction manager. Wharton-Smith began accepting bids for subcontractors in late January. SchenkelShultz Architecture is the project architect.

The $41.5 million new Millennium Middle project will be located at 1950 E 25th St. between Sanford and Midway (Gmap) and abut Midway Elementary School. In fact, part of the project includes an expansion of the existing central energy plant at Midway, as well as $4.8 million Intermediate Learning Center for 300 students at Midway Elementary.

Click to enlarge. Rendering of the new Millennium Middle School. Credit: SchenkelShultz Architecture
Click to enlarge. Rendering of the new Millennium Middle School. Credit: SchenkelShultz Architecture

The new school will consist of 5 buildings totaling 222,400 square feet, and can accommodate 2,000 students.

Millennium Middle is an art magnet school, and the new facilities will feature space for orchestra, band, vocal, drama and 2D and 3D digital labs. The school will have a 800-seat auditorium that can host student and community events.

The current Millennium Middle School sits on the banks of Lake Jennie adjacent to Seminole High School. The move to the Midway area is to help relieve severe overcrowding at Seminole High, which is the 5th largest high school in the state of Florida and has a student population of more than 3,400 students.

The existing Millennium facilities will be converted into a 9th-grade center for Seminole High.

The new Millennium Middle School is expected to open in August 2018.

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